Dharma talk given by Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye at the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group.
Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye was born in Tibet in 1956 and became a monk in 1973 at Sera Monastic University, where he finished his Geshe degree (Ph. D.) in 1991. He has been helping sick and dying people in need, encouraging others to engage in universal compassion, and promoting vegetarianism from within the monastery since 1984. In 1997, after completing a five-year meditation retreat in the mountains of Dharamsala, India, under the guidance of HH the Dalai Lama, he founded the Universal Compassion Movement and openly advocated for vegetarianism around the world. In 1999 he was elected as the first president of International Gelug Society and passed a resolution on vegetarian diet in Gelug monasteries and nunneries. In 2001 he was elected as a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile to represent the Gelug tradition of Buddhism. He currently serves as a Global Scholar in Residence at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, and also teaches throughout the U.S. and beyond.